Ms. Polnasek was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin and raised in a suburb of Milwaukee. Ms. Polnasek earned her first degree from the University of Wisconsin, which is in the northern most part of the state. She also completed course work at Cleveland State University. Ms. Polnasek is the youngest of seven children. Her favorite book is Simply Delicious Vegetarian and her favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice. Ms. Polnasek used to be a sales person for Little Golden Books and she taught for over a decade. She has rescued three dogs. Her current companion is a Border Collie named Echo.